This Side of Strayhorn
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Trumpeter Terell Stafford's 2011 effort This Side of Strayhorn features the hornman performing a series of classic and lesser-known compositions from Duke Ellington's longtime collaborator Billy Strayhorn. Born out of his week-long participation the "Celebrating Billy Strayhorn" fest in Dayton, OH, the album is an urbane and well-crafted affair that finds Stafford wringing much joy improvisationally and otherwise out of these superb compositions. Joining Stafford here are such similarly adept players as saxophonist Tim Warfield, pianist Bruce Barth, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Dana Hall. To these ends, tracks like "Smada" showcase Stafford's longstanding love of trumpeter Lee Morgan's bluesy and propulsive style, while "Little Brown Book" is a warm, cup-muted number. Elsewhere, the burnished slow-burn blues "Multicolored Blue" and the laid-back and sultry midtempo ballad "Lana Turner" are easily some of the best small group interpretations of Strayhorn you could ever find.
I've never seen someone translating so well Strayhorn as Stafford did in this great album.
Stafford is for real on this album. Enjoying it all but I've got, "My Little Brown Book," "Multicolored Blue" and UMMG on repeat!
Born: November 25, 1966 in Miami, FL
Years Active: '90s, '00s
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||My Little Brown Book||This Side of Strayhorn||7:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)||This Side of Strayhorn||7:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lush Life||This Side of Strayhorn||7:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Smada||This Side of Strayhorn||8:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Raincheck||This Side of Strayhorn||7:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Multicolored Blue||This Side of Strayhorn||8:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Day Dream||This Side of Strayhorn||7:05||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Johnny Come Lately||This Side of Strayhorn||6:30||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lana Turner||This Side of Strayhorn||8:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Soft Winds||New Beginnings||7:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|